To the rhythm of shopping - on synchronisation in urban landscapes of consumption

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This article deals with the impact of retail rhythms on urban life and the urban landscape, with a special focus on tendencies toward synchronisation. The article is divided into three sections. First, the history of synchronisations in public space is traced, and it is argued that the retail business has become an increasingly important actor in the production of urban temporal landscapes. Second, six different types of spatial synchronisation are discussed, derived from studies of the city of Malmö, Sweden. Finally, I discuss the impact and problems associated with increased spatial synchronisation, as imposed by retail businesses, on public life and space, arguing that urban synchronisations might lead to an isorhythmic tendencies and a decrease in the territorial complexity of public space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-440
JournalSocial & Cultural Geography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Building Functions Analysis (011037000)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Building Technologies

Free keywords

  • territoriality
  • landscapes of consumption
  • public space
  • rhythmanalysis


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